FREE David Byrne Concert in Prospect Park

This show demands a day’s notice because you probably already have brunch plans followed by remote control cars in the park for today.  Plus, it’s friggin David Byrne for free.  Somehow this concert for the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series isn’t a fundraiser and isn’t some no name band.  Oh, what’s that? They are charging $325 for a gala dinner before the show, but I can just come for the concert with a sandwich wrapped in foil? Excellent.

So yes, skip the gala, come to the show and watch David Byrne descend (from the heavens) to the Prospect Park bandshell for a brief visit and hopefully some sweet dancing and oversized suits like in the concert video “Stop Making Sense”.   The music will all be culled from his library of collaborations with Brian Eno (also pictured above), whose “By This River” is one of my favorite songs and an immediate reminder for Chris Farley’s Matt Foley character, who lives “in a van, down by the river”.  If you have an extra $325 you can attend the pre-show gala or give it to me to pay my rent.

When: Monday, June 8th @ 6:30 -9:45 pm

Where: Prospect Park (in the bandshell at 9th on the west side)

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Oliver Hartman - Resident Bargain Whorespondent

Oliver was born in 1983, the year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac. He grew up in Whitefield, Maine, but since college has lived in Boston, Maui, Switzerland, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Nicaragua, and New York making his bread as a waiter, cocktail boy, camp counselor, writer, english teacher, tennis instructor, guide, model, and design agency jackass.
  • Veronica

    Thanks for the laughs! You know you kiss ass all day long! That’s what you do. Pucker up bitch pucker up!

  • Veronica

    Did you call the older woman who wanted to rent the sports car a “dumb cougar” no I dont think so. You smiled and said I’ll get right on it. Hence, you kissed her rich ass. So drop the act. You are there to wait on guests and to answer to their every need. A glorified maid that’s what you are.

  • Bobby

    @ Melissa…..I dont know how you can get away with spending that much time dicking around at work. Im sure a higher up will catch on.

  • Bobby

    @ Melissa…. Being a parent you should be a little more mature. All that tranny and daddy stuff was just retarded. Could it be that you hate all your clients because they can afford the stuff you cant? You sound like you just hate people with money and if you do you should quit and do something else.

  • Bobby

    @ Melissa….Finally you say love your children but you unleash all these names on veronica. So just love your kids and treat your clients or random people on the web like shit? I mean you bash a older lady and call her a dumb cougar for wanting to rent a car? What did she ever do to you? What crawled up your ass and died?
    You dont sound like you come from a home full of love at all. If you did you would actually treat others in a loving way even when they dont deserve it.

  • Bobby

    Or if you dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all—-Im sure you have said that to your kids. Perhaps you should actually do that yourself. I recommend parenting classes in case that nasty side of yours comes out in front of your kids.

  • Bobby

    @ I personally think your’e just as big of bitch as Veronica

  • Bobby

    @ Veronica… Chill the hell out. Yeah all these people are jerks and I read your first comment and you didnt say anything that warranted all this and of course when attacked people will attack back so I understand why you said what you said in retaliation. I know rich people are just different and they dont get it. I know you love fashion and they behave like that’s bad. But I know you arent like this to everyone just there is a division in class and have nots dont mix well with the haves.

  • Bobby

    @ Stuart…. You cant jump down her throat for using the term dyke and in the next breath call her a cunt.
    So it’s not okay to demean lesbians but it’s okay to demean women? Calling her a homophobe or racist would have been more appropriate then going there. SO I get what she said and really buddy you didnt come off so great either. I must say thanks veronica Ive never seen anyone give a shit about these posts and you got over 100 comments out of it so you dont suck that bad!

  • Veronica

    @ Bobby….. Thanks for being nice to me. All I said in my original comment is where do you live for $325 which is what I spend on lunch at Pastis. Do you live in a card board box or soup kitchen. And the overly-sensitive writers on this site started in on me. Shit. I still stand by what I said and still maintain that being broke and having no intentions of changing that is not cute or sexy. I didnt say Oliver was not cute or unsexy but they saw that as a personal attack which for a public website writers seems a bit touchy to me. So it seems like they want to hear kiss ass comments and it escalated from there. But really I feel bad for the guy sleeping on the floor somewhere. No one should have to live like that. So if youre nasty to me Im going to be 10x as nasty back.

  • Bobby

    Cool I hear Ya…. I would have started telling them off too. It’s not fair to have a bunch of people bashing one person. 27 against one isnt fair. Probably were all bullies in school too!

  • Melissa

    hi bobby,
    i never said I wasn’t a bitch, and I never said i wasn’t an asshole either. No actually, i just love people who aren’t jerks and i don’t love everybody. Thats not the world i really live in (unfortunately). I have been cursed with the gift of having asshole radar.

    I dont think you work in a customer service job with a lot of rich New Yorkers, or if you do, not very long. And quite the contrary, if you met me, you would never in a million years think that it was me who wrote these posts.
    And that old cliche of being nice, it’s not really that true. I dont believe in it. I teach my kids to be compassionate, and give a damn, and be smart, and to be loyal friends and family members- but if someone is saying something or doing something you don’t like, feel free to say something back- just know the ramifications of what you are going to say and how it will affect people- I also teach them empathy. I simply cannot empathize with these rich New Yorkers. When I meet a nice one, I will be the first to apologize.
    I think, Veronica to me is more like “the man” (no pun intended) and I’m taking it out on her or am indifferent to them, you see, I’m supposed to be reserved and quiet all day in my job… and then…once in awhile… I snap!

    I’m not trying to look good or be smarter, I’m just using this as an outlet for the frustrations i have seen for the past 10 years doing this thing i do.
    oh and it wasn’t an old lady who wanted to rent a car, it was some dumb 20 year old with, (haha) a fendi bag, renting a ferrari, who wont even drive the car more than four miles without getting tired of it, when the floormats on that thing could refurbish a classroom, or immunize a thousand kids in some third world country.

    I apologize to everyone who was offended by my posts. I just feel like some people need a talkin’ to. And I was just bored at work last night and this morning.

    And my job, is basically researching things for guests on the internet and the phone. My staff and I have free reign (or “keys”) to do things for guests, and we are the only department that doesn’t have securities on their computers.

    This should be true of all concierge that have reached this position. Which is why we also can afford to be pretty frank about things from time to time, even to clients.

    For instance, I am also in the process of looking for black satin sheets (YUCK) to be ordered to place in a room for some VIP coming in next week, and I am also on hold with Sandals Antigua on their online chat customer service rep. So, I’m a multi-tasker. I’m actually very inspired right now and I am going to write a book about this, well, not right now…I’m that good at multi tasking.

    And it’s true, Veronica instilled topics of discussion although some just sad low blows and some actual worth in the arguments. But anyway, it gets people to read and know that this is a pretty good website.
    With that being said, Veronica, thank you for allowing me to use you as a punching bag, and also for allowing me to get on with my day as a disgruntled concierge.

  • Melissa

    @ Bobby,
    Also, all this stuff that I can’t afford, as a concierge you get to do everything, just not get the money to buy it. For instance, I can call up any yacht company right now, and sail on a yacht on my day off with my family. I can rent that ferrari the cougar lady (who is actually younger than I thought) and drive it around for the day. I can DO all the things because vendors want me to try their resaurants, drive their cars etc so I can recommend it to clients/guests. I can’t do it all the time, so I let my friends do it fo rme and tell me about it later. So, no, I’m not really jealous about the actual stuff… it does unnerve me that they have that “time” though. And, Veronica does still sound like a tranny. Sorry. She does. And most of the time, when there is a strange problem with the person- cussing, aggressiveness rants about bags… etc… there is almost 98% a daddy issue. It’s textbook. And it sounds like I hit a nerve… which, sadly, was my intention.

  • Melissa

    @bobby
    and the term “cunt” is simply, slang for a “vagina,” like I would call someone a dick or an asshole. It’s used a lot in the UK or other english speaking countries…for some reason people like to belittle others by calling them different genital names. It’s not meant to belittle women. I could call a guy a cunt, and it would mean the same thing.

  • Melissa

    @ bobby sorry I didn’t realize you wrote so much, so I’m just responding now…yah, I kinda hate assholes with a lot of money. That’s how this all started remember? But I don’t hate ALL rich people, just the stupid ones who are dicks. You can draw your own conclusions with that last part.

  • Melissa

    for real though. I am really, really signing off… =) Have a great day everyone and
    to the rich peeps who might be reading this…
    be nice to your concierge, your housekeepers, your doorman, the guy who brings you your food, the lady who takes care of your kids, the drycleaning guy…

    … we know where you sleep… what you eat… who you’re with… and what you do.

    This is the Concierge… signing off.

  • Veronica

    @Melissa…. I really do hope I helped you. You do sound like a maladjusted person if you think you used me as a punching bag. I think its cute that that’s what you need to do to go about your day. Again you dont sound very happy or loving to me. Im sure I could guess you wrote these posts. One day that ugly head will rear its head at work. No one is that controlled all the time if you’d like include an email and I’ll send you a pic of my vagina. I think you sound like a repressed lesbian. Im engaged to be married to a great guy and I dont have to wait till my day off to enjoy the luxuries life has to offer. You sound like an overworked fat bitch to me. So you can say what you like its just funny. And for a parent you do sound like a bigger asshole than me. I didnt hear bobby say anything nice about you and I see you felt the need to explain your asshole posts and behavior. You started in on me because you were bored at work. Sorry what you do isnt that interesting. Sorry you need to vent to get on with your day you keep saying youre signing off but look you keep coming back justifying your position. I dont know textbook your reading but youre an overbearing bitch

  • bobby

    @ Melissa… Your endless justifications just prove my point. You are actually worst than Veronica. I do think you are most definetely a BIGGER ASSHOLE because you truly believe you arent. You say she is aggressive what would you call your posts? And to me she sounds like a hot pampered girl and we already know how you feel about them. Im starting to believe that you are also unattractive and have to call a cute girl a tranny because your’e jealous of her money and looks. Your long winded explanation just proves that you are def a bigger CUNT than Veronica is. At least she dosnt back-peddle like you just did. I think you sound like you need hard dick in you. Then you wouldnt need to use a girl youve never met as a punching bag. How about actually punching a bag. Sounds like you could use the exercise to be frank. That will release endorphins and you will feel better. She didnt direct anything at you and you started in out of left field on her. You have your own baggage to deal with before giving her advice. She at least isnt in denial

  • David

    Wow,
    Melissa you are seriously a cunt! I hope you get fired for spending all day on this shit.

  • Boris from Brooklyn

    @ Melissa….. You really dont deserve those perks if this is how you spend your time. You are a disgrace

  • Natalie Jones

    @ Melissa Holy shit you’ve got some serious issues if you need to be verbally abusive to feel better. If youre married you are def heading towards divorce

  • Jonas

    @ Melissa…..you def are a huge bitch who pretends all day but we all saw and read what you are. I think you need therapy. Its called projection. Are you a woman who gets called sir by mistake all the time and need to project on Veronica? Because you seem awfully obsessed with calling her a tranny which is just weird!!!

  • Jonas

    and also you do sound sexually frustrated and just angry

  • Marisol Gonzalez

    @ Melissa…
    I have children and a full-time job. The fact that this is the way you choose to release stress speaks volumes about you. Also, the fact that you trash the people who keep you employed says a lot about your character. If you needed a license to have a child, Im sure you’d get turned down. Veronica sounds young you on the other hand should know better. I cant freaking believe you have spent this much time taking shots at someone you never met. I actually your’e far worst because you are a parent. I do think you need help if this is your idea of venting so you can cope with a job you obviously dont appreciate. The fact that you abuse the power that you have been entrusted with is what really makes you suck.

  • Give me that job!

    @ Melissa…. Im actually unemployed and have a degree from the same university as you do. I cannot believe that instead of spending your time soley concentrating on your duties you bullshit the day away trading barbs with some young kid. There are people who dont have jobs and are struggling. You take yours for granted, disrespect the people you are supposed to service and carry on like a damn highschooler. If I could I would call your direct supervisor and blow the whistle on your ass.

  • Bryan Hamm

    The girl who is supposed to be at work def is an ass. The other chick wasnt even talking to her. So The girl who should be working needs to get a life.

  • Sandra from San Fran

    Im sure some poor subordinate is doing all the work while this stupid woman is taking care of her “venting”. I hope your health insurance covers therapy because you need to go asap! you teach by example and its hysterical that you think you are a moral compass and you can trash others when look at how you spend your time at work. I cant believe you are on the clock and actually getting paid for this! And you keep saying how super you are at your job??? Well you arent even doing it dumb ass

  • Melissa is a moron

    @ Melissa…. I really think you came off far worst. You are supposed to be a wife and mother. I feel sorry for your kids! Do they know mommy spends all day calling girls names on the web? What a loser!

  • Rock and Roll

    Wow…there are so many people who would want that job and actually respect the customers. This is not customer service. She smiles in their faces, pockets their tips, collects the perks and still talks shit about the people who she’s supposed to be serving. You sound bi-polar to me!

  • Stephanie

    I totally agree with bobby! This chick is a mom. What the hell is she doing?

  • Fire Melissa

    This bitch needs to get a pink slip!

  • Brenda

    @ Melissa This is an economic recession. There are people that are losing their homes because they are out of work. And you are so blatantly and openly a goddam cunt that it is really repulsive. Dont tell rich peeps as you put it to be nice. Look at you!!! You arent nice! You are a huge cunt! Veronica wasnt even saying anything to you. Like you said yourself and bragged about using her like a punching bag? Thats because you are angry and obviously unhappy with your job. Quit so a harder working person can have that position. You make me sick!

  • George

    @ Melissa… No one in a home full of love talks the way you do. Let’s face it you are jealous of the rich people you have to kow tow to everyday.

  • Josh from California

    @ Melissa I think you are an asshole. Stop bullshitting at work and serve your clients.

  • Evan Daniels

    I do the same thing at the four seasons and I really do feel that Melissa is a disgrace to our trade. Ive had difficult unpleasant clients but that’s part of the territory how she spends all day “venting” is beyond me. Someone is picking up her slack. I feel she is just awful and does not deserve this prestigious position

  • Melissa

    First Veronica, I would like to apologize for being so mean. You must have a wonderful relationship with your father and mother, and I personally believe you’re not a transvestite.
    This has been a great test to people and what they find important. Like calling Melissa a maid, and telling her to kiss ass, sexually frustrated etc. etc.
    And, like I said before… you would all be surprised as to what I looked like if you met me. I’m not a concierge anymore. Nor am I woman named Melissa. I don’t have kids. I’m a writer, writing a fictional story about a disgruntled concierge named Melissa who works in California. From past experiences but not as extreme.

    I was just fucking with all of you and I read the Nanny Diaries one too many times. But thanks, I got all I can for my book.

    Confessions of a Concierge, should be in bookstores Fall 2010.

  • Melissa

    Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.
    Daniel K. Moran

  • Evan Daniels

    Daniel your a prick. I hope the book tanks.

  • Sam

    Wow, I guess you need other people’s ideas for your book Veronica Sue this motherfucker and get your cut. Are you so unimaginative that you cant come up with material on your own? What’s your obsession with tranny’s? I bet youre like Eddie Murphy and pick them up and later claim to be giving them a ride home. You really arent a good writer if this how you gather info

  • Sam

    Im sure it wont make the NYT bestsellers list. It sounds so lame. I was wondering why a woman would even spend her time like that. Its just some uncreative writer. If you were a good one you wouldnt have blown your cover.

  • Daniel is a douche

    Wow, what a loser! Good liar yeah its hard to fool anyone over the web where its anonymous. You really need to get a life. Veronica is far more interesting than you are. At least she;s real

  • Daniel is a douche

    Moreover, thanks for the title I’ll make sure not to buy it LOSER

  • Daniel is a douche

    You really are not creative. Book will tank. Who’s publishing that horseshit?

  • Daniel K Moran is not me

    Daniel K Moran is the person who said that quote about actors being liars and such. I, the person who is writing about Melissa… is not Daniel K Moran.

    What I think is HILARIOUS is that everyone, -everyone got really worked up over this. Once someone speaks her mind that isn’t about Fendi, and says something about New York and makes fun of someone who wasn’t a very nice person to begin with- society starts defending that person. Why? No one made mention of the fact, that yes… maybe there are SOME rich people that think they deserve to get their ass kissed… or say things, like “bend over and kiss my nice ass” for a living. No one mentions that treating someone nicely whatever your station in life should be well, commonplace. Instead, what happens? People focus on: “you must be bitter because you don’t have sex”… or “you must be ugly”… or “you must be jealous….”
    Why? Because no one likes to see someone get picked on no matter how vile and gross the person might be, that is, until they are trying to be better than Veronica, then… look out.

    So they fix that, by belittling the person they can’t fight. There isn’t enough of this street “justice” for assholes represented by some of you here, and there are no main protagonists out there that just say what people feel sometimes.

    It’s just a character exercise and people are SUPPOSED to get offended.
    That’s the point.

  • Daniel K Moran is not me

    There also seems to be enough people out there who were so offended by Melissa’s words that it sounds like there will be enough people to buy at least… 12 copies. And this was from an exercise I worked on for like, an hour…

  • heather

    so I checked back on this site…on a whim, I certainly wasn’t expecting what I found. I lost count after veronicas 32nd response, or should I say I stopped counting. I started reading the responses purely out of boredom on this rainy afternoon, but then I was over come with a revelation that only internet boredom can provide. It has become clear to me that whoever this ‘girl’ is, she must have a whole lot of nothing to do with her time. Which then makes me wonder if she has a job, not that it’s a problem if she didn’t, but it just makes you think about things ya know…like who bought that ‘fendi’ for her since clearly she can’t afford it herself. It also makes you wonder, how can she have time to hit all those ‘expensive clubs’ where the ‘hot girls’ hang out when she sits around all the time responding to anonymous remarks on the internet? I do love a good mystery! However, I did start to feel a little sad when I actually found myself counting her retorts. Only to immediately feel better about myself because it is clear to me that there in fact is someone out there that is an even bigger, sadder, loser than I will ever be. That would be you veronica. The girl who during the many days that have past since her original post went up, has spent countless hours concocting her ‘smack talk’, while making herself look like an ass with too much time on her hands, on her (clearly) favorite website. Kudos to all of us who fuel her fire and good luck to you moron-ica, with whatever you do…be it hanging around on this comment bored for the rest of time or handin’ out those rim jobs you seem so fond of.

  • heather rocks

    ahhhhh hope for humanity.

  • Jeremy

    Wow. That was ridiculously long.

  • http://beafraidtofly.blogspot.com Line ‘em Up

    Wow. So much hate. Makes me want to go out and cap all the assholes in La Jolla.

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